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10:00 AM ET, April 26, 2010

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Revolution Will Be Commercialized  —  Sarah Palin is already president of right-wing America—and it's a position with a very big salary.  —  On the morning of July 3, 2009, a national holiday, Sarah Palin placed a call to her communications director and told her that she wanted to hold …
Frank Sharry / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham and the Real “Cynical Political Ploy” on Immigration  —  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been courageous in working with Democrats on both comprehensive immigration reform and climate change legislation.  He has seemed deeply committed to both.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
‘Nobody wins’ on immigration reform  —  The Arizona Legislature's passage of a new hard-line anti-immigration law may force both Democrats and Republicans into a place they don't want to be: dealing with the contentious, no-win issue of immigration reform in the midst of an election year.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire and The Hill
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Growing Split in Arizona Over Immigration  —  MESA, Ariz. — They stood a few miles from each other, but as far apart as heat and cold.  —  Clutching a copy of a Spanish-language article on the tough new law making it a state crime for illegal immigrants to be in Arizona and requiring …
Discussion: Althouse and Cynthia Tucker
CNN:
Dems say go, GOP says not yet  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has scheduled a late afternoon vote Monday to move ahead with a Senate financial reform bill, but Republicans warn they are not prepared to launch debate on the measure.  —  Leading lawmakers …
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Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Derivatives
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Wall St. showdown on Senate floor
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Berating the Rating Agencies  —  Let's hear it for the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  Its work on the financial crisis is increasingly looking like the 21st-century version of the Pecora hearings, which helped usher in New Deal-era financial regulation.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Not Even in South Park?  —  Two months before 9/11, Comedy Central aired an episode of “South Park” entitled “Super Best Friends,” in which the cartoon show's foul-mouthed urchins sought assistance from an unusual team of superheroes.  These particular superfriends were all religious figures …
Meredith Traina / WPIX:
Thousands Protest Obama's Stance On Israel  —  NEW YORK (WPIX) - Thousands of Jews gathered outside the Israeli Consulate Sunday to protest President Obama's position towards Israel.  —  Organizers said the event supports “Israel's right to build and live in its own country,” …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
THOUSANDS IN THE POURING RAIN TO SUPPORT ISRAEL AGAINST OBAMA'S ANTI-ISRAEL POLICIES
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Signs of progress as Obama envoy wraps up mission
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Commentary
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
National Security Adviser Jones: Jews Are Greedy Merchants  —  As the National Security Adviser, General James Jones is not known as a friend of the Jewish State.  It was Jones who put together the team of Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski to meet with the President and advise him to impose a solution on Israel.
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Sandi Hoover / Carson City Nevada:
Reid asks for help of Carson Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Sunday Roundup
CNN:
Hundreds protest immigration law in Arizona  —  Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — Hundreds of people gathered outside Arizona's Capitol building on Sunday in a largely peaceful protest against the state's tough new immigration law.  —  Chanting “Yes we can,” waving American flags and holding signs reading …
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:   Arizona immigration law creates rift
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Cushy Life of the Rightwinger  —  If you're a connoisseur of people pointing out that Jonah Goldberg isn't a very intelligent man while simultaneously being too polite to come out and say so directly, I'd highly recommend this post from Conor Friedersdorf.
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.  One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama and Democrats appeal to new voters in midterms  —  President Obama will declare his stake in the November midterm elections for the first time on Monday as his Democratic Party announces an ambitious strategy to appeal to independent voters in its quest to maintain control of Congress.
Ezra Klein:
How do you measure ‘epistemic closure’?  —  “Epistemic closure,” Julian Sanchez writes, is the toxic result of “confirmation bias plus a sufficiently large array of multimedia conservative outlets to constitute a complete media counterculture, plus an overbroad ideological justification …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking  —  THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking.  He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Memo: Is Obama Looking for Empathy by Another Name?  —  WASHINGTON — Empathy is out.  Understanding ordinary lives is in.  Is there a difference?  President Obama is about to find out.  —  A year after Mr. Obama made “empathy” one of his main criteria in picking …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Finding Hill day care not child's play  —  Congressional staffers compare getting child care on Capitol Hill to landing season tickets to the Redskins: nice idea, never going to happen.  —  With two waiting lists a total of 345 families long, admission delays at both the Senate Employees Child Care Center …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Paul Krugman:
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?  —  Bear with me while I vent for a moment.  On financial reform, there are clear villains in the political process: Mitch McConnell, the US Chamber of Commerce, etc.. But at this point I'm accustomed to that sort of thing.
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New York Times:
Oil Leaks Could Take Months to Stop
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Philip Brasher / Des Moines Register:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sex Ads Seen Adding Revenue to Craigslist
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Rogers / The Politico:
Baucus: A bank tax is coming
DealBook:
United-Continental Talks Said to Snag Over Price
New York Times:
Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Palin: With his ‘chalkboard technique,’ Glenn Beck is ‘changing our country.’
Michael Yaki / San Francisco Chronicle:
Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law: Boycott the Grand Canyon State
Discussion: Philly.com
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
W. Willard Wirtz, Former Labor Chief, Dies at 98
ninemsn:
‘Gay dog’ refused entry to Adelaide restaurant
Telegraph:
Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo